Willie Nelson back to touring after breathing issues lead to cancelled gig

Willie Nelson is back on the road after the cancellation of a private benefit concert near Denver over the weekend due to "breathing problems." // Tour dates at SoundSpike

Willie Nelson is back on the road after the cancellation of a private benefit concert near Denver over the weekend due to "breathing problems."

The iconic country crooner is "actually on the road to the next gig," his rep, Elaine Shock, told NBC News on Monday (8/21).

"Willie's fine," she said. "His shows are gonna continue... It really was high altitude-related."

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The Red-Headed Stranger cancelled an Aug. 18 concert at a private residence in Castle Pines Village, approximately 20 miles outside of Denver, which was slated to raise money for an animal shelter organization called Dumb Friends League.

"I was told Willie woke up and had trouble breathing, so he was taken to the hospital," Fred Bartlit, the fundraiser's organizer, told the Denver Post.

Nelson has an extensive road trip ahead of him, including more than a dozen solo gigs as well as The Railroad Revival Tour alongside Band of Horses, Jamey Johnson and John Reilly & Friends.

The legendary singer/songwriter released "Heroes" in mid-May via Legacy Records. The effort, produced by Buddy Cannon (Kenny Chesney), contains classic country songs, along with new songs written by Nelson and his son, Lukas. Guest musicians on the set include Merle Haggard, Sheryl Crow, Billy Joe Shaver, Jamey Johnson, Ray Price and Snoop Dogg, among others.

The latest release, which follows last year's "Remember Me Vol. 1," marks the first album of Nelson's new long-term deal with Sony Music, which currently owns Columbia Records, Nelson's label for 20 years of his early career.

 tour dates and tickets

August 2012
22 - New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
25 - Austin, TX - The Backyard

September 2012
6 - Ridgefield, WA - Sleep Country Amphitheater
7 - Puyallup, WA - Western Washington Fair
8 - Redding, CA - Redding Civic Auditorium
9 - San Rafael, CA - Marin Center
11, 12 - Tracy, CA - Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
13 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
14 - Grass Valley, CA - Nevada County Fairgrounds
15 - West Wendover, NV - Peppermill Concert Hall
17 - Deadwood, SD - Deadwood Grand
18 - Sioux City, IA - Orpheum Theatre
19 - Mankato, MN - Vetter Stone Amphitheater
20 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre
22 - Hershey, PA - Farm Aid at Hershey Park Stadium

October 2012
7 - Huntsville, AL - Mark C. Smith Concert Hall
11 - Helotes, TX - Floore's Country Store
20 - Duluth, GA - Southeastern Railway Museum (The Railroad Revival Tour)
21 - New Orleans, LA - Woldenburg Park (The Railroad Revival Tour)
22 - Memphis, TN - Memphis Central Train Station (The Railroad Revival Tour)
23 - Oklahoma City, OK - Downtown Airpark (The Railroad Revival Tour)
24 - Spring, TX - Old Town Spring (The Railroad Revival Tour)
26 - Tempe, AZ - Downtown Tempe (The Railroad Revival Tour)
27 - San Pedro, CA - Ports of Call (The Railroad Revival Tour)
28 - Oakland, CA - Middle Harbor Shoreline Park (The Railroad Revival Tour)

November 2012
15 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at Moody Theater

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